“Now when the adversaries of Judah and Benjamin heard that the children of the captivity builded the temple unto the LORD God of Israel;”
As a believer, you are going to have to work through many things to stay faithful to God and His work. Ezra, and the people working with him to rebuild the temple, had several obstacles they had to work through to finish this great work. You must understand that Satan will not be happy when a work for God is being done. He will do everything in his power to make sure God’s great work is stopped. Oftentimes, Satan uses attacks from without, but he also tries to stop the believer from within. Whatever form of attack he uses against you, you must learn to work through it. There are five common things you must work through to stay faithful.
First, you are going to have adversaries. Ezra had barely started rebuilding the temple when adversaries started showing up. Don’t think that you can get through the Christian walk without having to oppose adversaries. Never let the opposition of adversaries in the LORD’s work cause you to lose your focus on the great work at hand.
Second, you are going to have to work through compromise. Ezra’s adversaries immediately tried to get him to join up with them. My friend, compromise may seem inviting because of how it lessens the pressures of the ministry, but its result is devastating to your family and church. Compromise must never be an option to consider.
Third, you are going to have to work through weak times. The adversary tried to weaken the hands of those rebuilding the temple, but they worked through those weak times. Just because you are tired or weak does not mean that you should quit or rest. The work of the LORD must go on, and most of the time, the work of the LORD is carried on by those who are the weariest and weakest. You will become weary with fighting the opposition and compromise, but you must never become weary in well doing because your work will reap positive benefits if you continue.
Fourth, you are going to have to work through frustration. You are going to get frustrated with people and with the work in the ministry, but it is not an excuse to quit. When you get frustrated, you must take your frustration to the LORD so that you don’t take it out on those with whom you are trying to help. It does get frustrating working with imperfect people, but remember that God never stops working with you when He becomes frustrated with you.
Fifth, you are going to have to work through accusation. The enemy will accuse and malign you, but quitting is what validates the enemy’s accusation to the onlookers, even if the accusation is not true. The best way to prove an accusation wrong is to continue serving God in spite of what others say about you. Time always proves whether or not an accusation is true.
How do you work through these things? Ezra 5:8 gives the secret when it says, “…this work goeth fast on, and prospereth in their hands.” The answer to working through these things is to keep on doing what you were doing. As you continue and the work prospers, all the weapons of Satan will be proven false. Working through the opposition is what allows God to prove the opposition wrong and to bless His work that you are doing.